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Psychosomatic pain

Psychosomatic pain, also known as psychogenic pain, is a pain disorder associated with psychological factors. Some types of mental or emotional problems can cause, increase or prolong pain. A person with a psychogenic pain disorder will complain of pain that does not match his or her symptoms.

Types of psychogenic pain

Headaches, muscle pains, back pain and stomach pains are some of the most common types of psychosomatic pain.

How is psychogenic pain diagnosed?

The diagnosis of psychosomatic pain is made when other causes of pain are ruled out. A person with a pain disorder will complain of pain that does not match his or her symptoms. Medical doctors and mental health specialists working together are often most helpful to those with this disorder

How is psychogenic pain treated?

Treatment for psychogenic pain may include:

Ask your GP for more information if you suspect that someone you care about may have psychosomatic pain.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 16, 2014

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